Admissions for Biology, M.S.

Learn more about the university, program and degree requirements for admission to Biology, M.S.

Assistantship Application Schedule

January 15 - Applications received by this date will be considered for departmental assistantships. Applications received after this date will be placed in a secondary pool.

February  - Graduate Committee will notify faculty of applications available for review.

February 21 - Faculty provide indication of interest in selected applicants.

March 21 - Faculty notify Graduate Coordinator they have agreed to serve as an applicant's major advisor.

April 1 - Announce Departmental Graduate Assistantship recipients

General Admission Application Schedule

Graduate students can be admitted to our program at any point in time.  Admission requirements are listed below, and require that a faculty member agree to serve as an applicant’s Graduate Committee Chair.

University Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  2. Submission of all required admission materials, including:
    1. Completed graduate application for admission
    2. $30 nonrefundable application fee (unless you have previously applied to Grand Valley)
    3. Official copies of transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Transcripts must be sent from those institutions directly to the GVSU Admissions Office. NOTE:  We do not require official transcripts from Grand Valley
    4. Test scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) for applicants whose native language is not English. Only original score reports will be accepted.

Program Requirements

Requirements for consideration of admission into the program are as follows:

  1. A completed graduate application
  2. Satisfactory GRE scores (general tests only)
  3. Official transcripts submitted directly from each institution of higher education previously attended
  4. A 500-word essay detailing educational and professional goals
  5. Three references
  6. A minimum overall 3.0 GPA is required. Students may be given full or conditional admission.
  7. Departmental admission policy requires that a faculty member agree to serve as an applicant's Graduate Committee Chair before admission. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Biology Graduate Program Coordinator as early as possible to begin the process of identifying a Graduate Committee Chair.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Biology is a highly individualized, planned program of study. In addition to the required course work, the student and their Graduate Committee Chair will establish all course work required to complete the degree. All students will be limited to a five-year period to complete their degree. The program of study will include:

  • A qualifying exam administered by the student's Graduate Committee
  • Minimum of 33 approved credits
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0

Graduate Committee

  1. A Graduate Committee Chair must be determined before admission
  2. A Mentor (who may also be the Graduate Committee Chair)  must be determined before the end of the student's first semester
  3. The student's Graduate Committee must be appointed before the end of the second semester of enrollment.

Emphasis - Optional

The Master of Science in Biology also includes an optional Aquatic Sciences, or Natural Resources emphasis.

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